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3 Stocks to Avoid This Week
I took a look at three stocks to avoid last week, and that basket of short-term calls was an absolute success -- but a failure on an absolute basis. The three stocks rose by an average of 3.7%, as a 10% decline in one of the three calls was more than offset by gains elsewhere. The market's overall 4.1% gain was better, but let's see if I can fare better with this week's edition. I see Genius Brands (NASDAQ: GNUS), Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL), and XpresSpa (NASDAQ: XSPA) as vulnerable investments […]

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2 Stocks to Watch in July
The stock market has rallied sharply since the March lows, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq has never been higher. So it might seem that all of the great buying opportunities have passed us by. However, there are still some great stocks trading at attractive valuations from a long-term perspective, especially if you venture outside of the high-flying tech sector. With that in mind, here's why Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A)(NYSE: BRK.B) and Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) should be on the radar of […]

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Buying These 3 Stocks Could Make You Crazy Rich
Most stocks aren't going to make you rich anytime soon. Many simply don't have sufficient growth opportunities. Others have the potential to generate tremendous wealth but are way too risky. There are some stocks, though, that have clear paths to growth without taking on too much risk. These are the kinds of stocks that could quite possibly make you rich. Which stocks fit the bill? Here are three growth stocks you can buy right now that could make you crazy rich over the long run. Image source: […]

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How a COVID-19 Second Wave Could Affect Your Retirement
COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, and although life has begun to return to normal in some areas, the pandemic may not be over just yet. The number of new coronavirus cases peaked in late April with a staggering 36,000 new infections in a single day. The number of new cases declined slightly through the month of May, but the country has experienced a spike in cases over the last few weeks, with the number of new daily infections surging past 32,000 in mid-June. While the continued spread of […]

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Another Deadly Virus Could Be on the Way. Should You Change How You're Investing?
Murphy's law just might be striking again. "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong" seems to be 100% true in 2020. COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many U.S. states. Concerns are rising that the coronavirus outbreak could intensify in the fall at the same time the seasonal flu rears its ugly head. And now U.S. health officials are closely monitoring another virus that scientists fear could become another pandemic. Investors saw the stock market plunge as the COVID-19 pandemic first hit only […]

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Better Coronavirus Stock: Emergent Biosolutions vs. Regeneron
Shares of Emergent Biosolutions (NYSE: EBS) and Regeneron (NASDAQ: REGN) have risen sharply in 2020 thanks to potential coronavirus drugs in development, but that's where their similarities end. Is Emergent, a company with government contracts to produce vaccines for other drugmakers, a better stock to buy now than Regeneron, a biotechnology pioneer with several blockbuster drugs under its belt? The case for Emergent Biosolutions Over the past decade, Emergent Biosolutions has become the U.S. […]

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Unemployment Numbers Have Fallen 2 Months in a Row. Will That Mean No Second Stimulus Check?
The U.S. is grappling with a full-blown recession spurred by COVID-19, and in April, the jobless rate reached 14.7% -- the highest it's been since the Great Depression. The news was better, however, in both May and June. In May, the unemployment was just 13.3% ("just" being a relative term), and in June, it dropped even more to 11.1%. All of this is good news. It signifies that millions of jobs were added in the past two months, and that we may be on the road to economic recovery. But that […]

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3 Top Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in July
Investors hoping to get more bang for the buck often find themselves exploring small-cap stocks. Companies with market caps below $2 billion have a lot of upside if things go right, but the risks are also substantially higher with price tags this low. Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (NYSE: SKT), and Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU) are three small-cap stocks to consider adding to your portfolio this month. Let's dive into why they are stocks to buy in July. Image source: Getty […]

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Half of All Workers Are Making a Serious Investment Mistake, Study Shows
If you want to be successful as an investor, there's one key thing that you need to do: Diversify. Unfortunately, a surprising number of Americans haven't fulfilled this basic goal yet. In fact, according to a survey from Principal, just 50% of all Americans indicate they've diversified their investments since the Great Recession or in preparation for market volatility. That surprising number shows about half of all investors are taking on a huge and unnecessary risk that could be very costly -- […]

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The Boeing 737 MAX Completes Flight Tests: So What?
Boeing's (NYSE: BA) troubled 737 MAX jet is one step closer to being cleared for commercial flights again. This week, Boeing and FAA staff completed three days of test flights -- a key part of the process to determine whether recent design changes have made the aircraft safe to fly. Six months ago, reaching this milestone would have been seen as a big turning point for Boeing. While the recertification process isn't complete yet, Boeing is now well positioned to resume 737 MAX deliveries later […]

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